Ghanaian president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has unveiled plans for the National Cathedral of Ghana designed by Adjaye Associates. “It is an immense honor to contribute something of this scale and import to my home country,” said David Adjaye in a statement. “I have sought to craft a building that not only understands its landscape but one that will be unique to Accra and the Ghanaian Nation.”
The cathedral is designed to embody unity, harmony, and spirituality, and will be situated within 14 acres of landscaped gardens. Chapels, a baptistery, a 5,000-seat auditorium, a music school, and an art gallery will grace the site, along with Africa’s first-ever Bible Museum and Documentation Centre. Ghanaian artists will collaborate with Adjaye Associates on interior elements such as furnishings and religious adornments.
“The Cathedral will address the missing link in our nation’s architecture by providing a Church of national purpose,” said President Akufo-Addo. “It will be an interdenominational house of worship and prayer, as well as serve as the venue for formal state occasions of a religious nature, such as presidential inaugurations, state funerals, and national thanksgiving services.”